Osteopathy for Newborns and Infants
During labor and delivery of a newborn, both mother and child experience enormous amounts of structural and physiological changes. This can potentially lead to difficulties later in life for the mother and the baby. Some of this can be prevented or reduced through gentle, manipulative treatment to allow the safest birthing process for both.
The treatment of a newborn begins with treatment of the mum’s body to facilitate easy birth and optimum growth. Birth itself is a huge physical challenge. If the process follows an optimum sequence of compressions, rotation and expansion it will give a baby minimal trauma but even a normal birth can impart degrees of trauma which may affect the baby immediately or later in development.
Osteopaths strongly recommend that all babies have an osteopathic check up after birth. Osteopathy can help to release uncomfortable stresses and distortions in the baby after birth, allowing it to relax and become more settled.
We can treat babies suffering from the following symptoms:
- feeding difficulties
- birth strains
- baby preferring to turn the head to one side
- delays in growth and development
- general unsettledness
- colic/bowel difficulties
- repeated ear infections
- stuffiness/blocked nose
- head shape asymmetry (plagiocephaly)
- sleep disturbances
Osteopathy for Children
Osteopathy can help children manage the changes of a constantly changing body by promoting correct alignment and balance, correct posture and optimal overall function.
Our Osteopaths commonly see children with a range of symptoms such as:
- Pain following falls or accidents
- Postural problems
- Back and neck pain
- Growing pains
- Foot and leg pain
- Walking difficulties
- Sports injuries
- Ear problems
Osteopathic techniques are suitable for children at all stages of development, and a cranial and structural/classic approach is usually recommended.
Please note that all newborns, infants and children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult during all consultations. All our therapists are DBS checked.